STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Behind Tom Thibodeau's rigorous defensive coaching, the Bulls have emerged as a premier Eastern Conference force, finishing at the top of the standings in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with Derrick Rose running the offense from the point. Still, Rose could not lift the Bulls through a rugged playoff schedule three seasons years ago, and a knee injury against the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 derailed any hopes of advancing further. The Bulls have been able to get by behind an extremely deep roster, and have consistently had luck drafting at the end of the first round, scoring key rotation players in Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick in 2011 and Taj Gibson with the 26th pick in 2009. Rookie sharpshooter Tony Snell, taken with the 20th pick in June, hopes to follow that tradition, but will figure into Thibodeau's plans only minimally at first.
Heading into the 2013-2014 season, the Bulls hope the return of Rose and a leaner, younger You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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